Do not be fooled, there is another peak 11,308 (Hidden Peak) in the Lost River Range. The White Line Couloir shares its summit with Mount Morrison and sits 2.3 miles to the southwest of the summit of Borah Peak.
This climb is not outrageously impressive, however it is fun, and Dean Lords considered it to be "a great way to learn how to climb mixed routes". Because of its close proximity to the road and car, White Line isn't a committing route and one can bail at any time. There is, however the fun point of "it’s better to go up than down" as you approach the top pitches. The walk off is much faster than rappelling the route.
GeologyIdaho’s Lost River Range is an actively uplifting fault-block at the northern end of the Basin and Range province. Extensional faulting has lifted the range relative to the down-dropped Big Lost River basin on its west side, producing steep ridges and slopes essentially devoid of foothills. Interior and eastern regions of the range are deeply incised by the Pahsimeroi and Little Lost Rivers. Most of the range, particularly in the central and southern regions, consists of thick layers of Paleozoic limestone and dolomite. Multiple episodes of tectonic deformation have resulted in dramatic open to isoclinal folding at a scale of meters to kilometers. Glaciation has carved numerous cirques throughout the range and alpine lake basins are scattered in the central and eastern portions. These combined activities have created an impressive assortment of large, high angled faces with western, northern, and eastern aspects.
Essential GearIt is tempting to take a lot of gear, but all you really need is one rack of nuts, 10 slings, 3 pitons, and if there is ice, 3 short screws should be more than enough. If you need to rap off the route, extra webbing is a plus.
When to ClimbDean Lords has paid the price of admission for you. Over the course of several years he studied the line and he said the best conditions are found after a winter with above average snowfall followed by a cold, wet spring. It's also possible this route could form in the winter during certain periods following a freeze/thaw cycle. Avalanches are always a concern, but not as big of a deal while on this route. The gullies to the north and south of the route are bigger slide zones, so be aware.
AcknowledgementsAs of the time of this writing there have been fewer than a dozen ascents of this route. Some folks that have climbed this route are Dean Lords, Travis Michaelis, Abe Dickerson (2004 AAJ), Mike Howard, Jake Manning, Jason Gee, Tyler Wheeler, Joe Crane, Kevin Hansen, Aaron Zabriskie, and Scott Hurst. If you have climbed the route, please sign the log.
Red TapeNone at all but in this range it's a good idea to let someone know exactly where you are going.
Web Cams/Local LinksITD US 93 Willow Creek Summit Willow Creek Webcam
Gib Brown's Webcam - Gib's View
Links to the Mackay and Challis web sites.